Everything You Need To Know To Keep Your Dog Safe

Dogs, especially puppies, are naturally curious creatures. It is very easy for them to get hurt or injured just by being themselves and going about their normal business. You may catch them trying to swallow a big object, jump on and off high places, getting exposed to toxic household chemicals, or just bump into things that cause bodily injury.

Some of the most common pet injuries and accidents that can occur in your home are choking, electrical shock, household chemical poisoning, puncture wounds, and fractures: all of which can be prevented by applying simple, common-sense actions. Below is a list of ways to prevent injuries to your pets.

First and foremost, it is important to keep in mind that in an event of an emergency, even minor situations, you should always call your veterinarian and have your dog examined to ensure that you didn’t miss a serious problem. In addition, make sure that he is getting his yearly check-up so the vet can check for any problems to take care of it before it gets worse.

Electrical Hazards: Puppies and dogs are attracted to electrical wires and may chew on them, causing a severe burn in their mouths. Make sure that all wires are safely put away, secured with duct tape, or out of your dog’s sight.

Food And Exercise: Table scraps are usually loaded with fat and should not be given to any dog. The best diet for your dog is homemade foods that are recommended by your veterinarian or high-quality commercial dog food. In addition, make sure that his bowl is always filled with fresh water. Wait at least one hour after this meal before taking him out for exercise. Also, do not exercise him for too long or too hard.  Depending on his breed, a 15-minute walk each day may be all that his body needs. Consult your vet if you are unsure about the amount of exercise your dog requires.

Toxic Chemicals And Poisons: Keep your dog away from bleaches, detergents, cleaners, polishers, and all household chemicals. Houseplants should also be out of your dog’s reach. Several plants can make your pet sick, severely ill, or even lead to death. In addition, keep all medicines out of reach.

Below is a list of some of the foods that should not be given to your dog:

1. Alcoholic beverages and caffeinated foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, and chocolate.
2. Dairy products such as milk and cheese.
3. Raw fish and raw eggs.
4. Tobacco.
5. Raisins and grapes.
6. Vitamin supplements for a human that contains iron or too much liver.
7. Vegetables such as mushrooms, onion, garlic, and potato.

Trash: Keep the garbage tightly closed both inside and outside your house.

Restraint: Keep your dog on a leash when you take him out in public.

Traveling In The Car: Have a carrier or a kennel that is securely placed in the car. Do not put him in the back of a pickup truck and do not let him stick his head outside the windows.